Illawarra and South Coast Local Business Award winners 2017

Kiama was a big winner at the Illawarra and South Coast Local Business Awards on Wednesday night with LP Entertainment taking out the award for Professional Services, The Hungry Monkey being named Business of the Year and Marnie Beauchamp, of McGrath Real Estate, named Business Person of the Year.

“It really was a great honour to be nominated, but to go on and win it was amazing,” LP Entertainment owner/operator Lincoln Piper said. 

“I knew there were so many great businesses in the awards and could not believe it when they called my name out – an exciting moment, I was completely nervous and emotional, being put on the spot to make a speech when unexpected is always hard.” 

Mr Piper said he tried to deliver high quality events and provide the best entertainment and services to Kiama.

“I work really hard at what I do – I create a lot of work for people in the local music industry,” he said.

“I'm really dedicated to what I do.

“This past twelve months I've delivered a brand new country festival; The Band Comp is back and going well.

“I enjoy delivering great entertainment for the venues I work for including Kiama Leagues which is just an amazing place. I work with so many great people there.”

LP Entertainment also assists many charity events.

“I have assisted several disadvantaged families with free music lessons and donations. I also donate to many local groups,” Mr Piper said.

“I have a long term vision and I'm ticking them off one box at a time – I hope one day to employ a lot more people than I do now and help the disadvantaged even more than I do now. 

“I just want to say thank you to everyone that has got behind myself and my crew at LP Entertainment – keep live music alive, get off your couch and support local musicians and venues.”

Hungry Monkey’s Jack Alexander said he was really surprised and excited to take home an award.

“It all started out as a bit of an idea between myself and Taylor (Hudson) when we were about 18 years old. To finally see where it is today is more than I thought we would ever achieve. But we have because of all our loyal customers and staff,” he said. 

Marnie Beauchamp, who has been with McGrath Real Estate for five years, said Wednesday’s night’s result was a great reward after a challenging year with many things happening in her life.

“I’ve been in business since 2000,” she said. 

“I’ve owned a couple of real estate businesses and I opened two McGrath businesses in Berry and Kiama which has 10 staff. I just sold Berry not long ago. I work in the business with sales as well as owning and running it. It has been a hard year because I lost my mum and my dad went before that.” 

The Hungry Monkey wins 2017 Illawarra & South Coast business of the year. Video: Greg Ellis

Despite the challenges, Ms Beauchamp was recognised for being one of McGrath’s top 50 agents this year and was on the cover of Top Agents magazine.

“It has been a year of highlights for me, even though it has been a hard year,” she said.

Ms Beauchamp said she was extremely humbled to be named Business Person of the Year.

“To be honest, I was in complete shock and I had to look at the screen to see my photo,” she said.

“The presenter wasn't sure how to pronounce my name either, so that made it a little confusing also.

“It was extremely humbling and a such a proud moment for me. I was so nervous as I had not adequately prepared myself to win. My speech did not entail anything that I had wanted to say as the nerves just got the better of me.” 

Ms Beauchamp said working with people to fulfil their dreams was the most fulfilling part of her job.

“Every day is different, we get to meet and learn about the triumphs and sadly the tragedies in people's lives and we do not take this lightly,” she said.

“We love to form a professional relationship of trust with our clients, as the best results are always achieved with teamwork, honesty and transparency.

“For me, nothing is more rewarding than surpassing my clients expectations and watching the joy when they realise their goal and they are then able to move forward with the next phase of their lives.

“I also love working within the team environment we have here. My staff are amazing and so supportive and we all work together, day in and day out, to provide the absolute best customer service possible – they are integral to the success of this business.”

Other winners from the Precedent Productions event at Dapto Leagues Club were:

Elysa Perry of Skin Correctives – Youth award

Chooksy’s – Fast food takeaway

Pandora at Stockland Shellharbour – Jewellery store

The Postman’s Quarter in Thirroul – Restaurant

Mitchell’s Market Warilla Grove – Fruit and vegetable shop

Live Committed – Fitness Services

Woonona Florist – Florist

YD Stockland Shellharbour – Men’s fashion store

Crossroads Warilla Grove – Women’s fashion store

First Choice Mechanical Repairs – Automotive Services

Shoalhaven Gourmet Mushrooms – Fresh food

Wollongong Crane Trucks – Service and Trade

Central Hair and Beauty Oak Flats – Hairdresser

Delaney’s Cakes – Bakery cake shop

Dance Sensation – Dance studio

Specsavers Dapto Mall – Health Improvement Services

Harlow Day Spa – Beauty services

Hy-Qual Mowers – Specialised retail business

Coolgardie Children’s Centre – Child care services

ANE Electrical Solutions – New business

Rand Family Tattoo – Specialised business

The Hungry Monkey –  Outstanding cafe

Harcourts Dapto – Real estate agency

LP Entertainment (Werri Beach) – Professional services

Wollongong First Aid – Education service

Cannon & Ball Veterinary Surgeons – Pet care

Marnie Beauchamp of McGrath Real Estate Kiama – Business Person of the Year

The Hungry Monkey in Kiama –  Business of the Year

2017 Illawarra & South Coast Local Business Awards. Video: Greg Ellis

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2017 Finalists:

Automotive Services

Switched On Mechanical

1st Choice Mechanical Repairs

Kev's Automotive Repair Centre

Goodyear Autocare Merimbula

Carr Brothers Motorcycles

JM Auto Repairs

Wollongong Automotive services

Auto Paintwork Rejuvenators

Bakery/Cake Shop

Cake Biz - Shellharbour & Corrimal

Delaney's Cakes

Corrimal Bakehouse

Bakers Delight - Warilla Grove

Albion Park Cakes and Pies

Beauty Services

La Belle Beauty Therapy

Skin Correctives

Laser Clinics Australia - Stockland Shellharbour

Amanie Beauty

Savannah makeup artistry

Nail Candy

Harlow Day Spa

Lavish Beauty Salon Fairy Meadow

iLash & Bronze


Michel's Patisserie - Stockland Shellharbour

Franks 'n Beans

The Square Cafe Restaurant Bar

Espresso Warriors  - Warrawong Plaza

Blue Jay Café

Gloria Jean's Coffees - Warilla Grove

The Hungry Monkey

The Coffee Club -  Shellharbour

Yum Yum Bakery and Cafe

Cafe Els - Warilla Grove

Woolshed Kitchen by Fine Spun

Station Square Brewers

The Coffee Emporium Corrimal

Four Little Beans

Child Care Services

Corrimal Community preschool

Shellharbour Kiama Family Day Care

Coolgardie Children's Centre

The Grove Academy - Albion Park

Little Wonders Early Learning Centre

Dynamic Learners

Olitots Preschool

Blue Cove Early Learning Centre

The Little School Preschool Inc

Dance Studio


Amanda Lee School of Dance

Dance Sensations

The Dance Affinity

Miss Zoe's School of Dance

VPA Studios

Education Service

Wollongong First Aid

Achieve Training and Assessment Services

 Acting Up Drama Academy

 SCA Hair & Beauty Academy

Nicola's Tutoring

Begin Bright - Shellharbour

Fast Food/Takeaway

Renee's Easy Eats

Delicious Delights


Backburner Cafe

Mount Warrigal Take Away

Tamarind Tree Curries

Fitness Services

Karate School

Fit n Fast - Stockland Shellharbour

KMA Wollongong

live committed HEADQUARTERS

Ocean fitness

 Dragonfit Training Centre

Jetts Fitness - Dapto

United Taekwondo - Illawarra

Plus Fitness - Warilla Grove

Aventus Health And Fitness

Dapto Anytime Fitness

Unanderra Anytime Fitness

Warrawong Anytime FItness



Magnolia Florist

Woonona Florist

Bloomz on Central

Fresh Food

Aish's Seafood

Dorahy Meats

Bulli Meat And Seafood Fresh

Shoalhaven Gourmet Mushrooms

Superior Meats on Addison

Bush's Fresh Meats - Warilla Grove

Fruit & Vegetable Shop

Bulli Fruit & Deli

Crinis Fruit Market

Mitchell's Market - Warilla Grove

Country Grocer - Unanderra


Transpire Hair

Funk Hair Studio

Niki's Hair 2000

Little Hair Boutique

Instyle Hair on Kembla

Central Hair and Beauty

ZAVAALI by Tina Louise

Serendipity Hair By Tanya

Xquisite Styles

The Holliewood Hair & Beauty

Hair by Amz

Billy & Vince Shellharbour


Sartoria Hair and Beauty

Rock Paper Scissors Hair by Juzz

Pure Vixen Hair

Health Improvement Services

Woonona Medical Practice

Shellharbour City Dental - Stockland Shellharbour

Wollongong Medical Specialists

Specsavers -  Dapto Mall

Just Better Care Illawarra and Southern Highlands

Dapto Smile Dental Centre

Now Fitness

Mahanidis Chiropractic and Wellness Centre

Jewellery Store

Michael Hill Jewellers - Dapto Mall

Simon's Jewellery

Globe Lane Handmade Jewellery

Swarovski - Stockland Shellharbour

Pandora - Stockland Shellharbour

Michael Hill Jewellers - Stockland Shellharbour

Anna & Sons Jewellers - Warilla Grove Shopping Centre

Men's Fashion

Lowes Menswear - Dapto Mall

Tarocash - Stockland Shellharbour

YD - Stockland Shellharbour

Gazman - Stockland Shellharbour

Ed Harry - Stockland Shellharbour

New Business

Simply Luxe

 ANE Electrical Solutions

Superior Nutrition

Switched On Tyres

Now Cryotherapy

Illawarra Inflatable Play Centre

The Gozleme co

Taylan Cleaning Services

Maloney's Fencing

Deli & Dine on Market

Kate Inglish Designs

The Acro Co.

Storybook Bridal

Pet Care

Cannon & Ball Veterinary Surgeons

Russell Vale Animal Clinic

 Perky Pooches

Bay & Basin Boutique Pet Boarding

Dirty Dogz Dayspa

Companion Animal Veterinary Hospital - Dapto

Illawarra Animal Hospital

Scruffy Pups mobile dog wash and grooming

Foxy Hounds

Professional Services

Primus Security

LP Entertainment

Ritchie Group

Natalie Allan Consulting

Foye Legal

KLD Photography

Jasmin Whitton Photography

Fenton & Associates

Ziggetty Snipits & Nitpro Wollongong

Real Estate Agency

MMJ Dapto

Professionals Real Estate - Wollongong

McGrath Real Estate - Kiama

Harcourts Dapto

Raine & Horne - Wollongong

Coastside First National Real Estate

City Beach Properties


Firewood Restaurant

 Royal Thai - Woonona

 The Postman's Quarter

Balinese Spice Magic Restaurant and Catering

The Swallowed Anchor

Il Lago Pizzeria

D'amato's Family Restaurant

Rookie Eatery


Table 426

Service & Trade

Langson Glass

K.J. Industrial Scaffolding

Mobile Phone Hospital - Wollongong Central

Coastal Windows & Doors

Wollongong Crane Trucks

Wollongong City Excavation and Demolition

Powell Plumbing Illawarra

Swords Cleaning

Lizzy Annes Cleaning Services

Specialised Business

Mortgage Choice - Wollongong

Phamily Productions

Proform Projects

Kenny Escapes

Rand Family Tattoo

Wollongong City Security

Commercial Kitchens Direct

Little Stompers

Inflatable World Wollongong

Sunset Cinema

Spec. Retail Business

DVD World - Warrawong Plaza

Cradle Cribs & Kids

Cakers Warehouse

Ezy Inter@ctive

Hy-Qual Mowers

Articles Fine Art Gallery

Nutrition Warehouse

Snooze - Warrawong

Women's Fashion Store

360 Surf - Shellharbour

Get Frocked Boutique - Stockland Shellharbour

Get Dressed Hire

Crossroads - Warilla Grove Shopping Centre

Millers Fashion Club - Warilla Grove Shopping Centre


Stepanova Clothing

Rockmans - Warilla Grove Shopping Centre

Sweet Angels Bridal


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